American cartoonist and creator of the online comic strip Sluggy Freelance.
John, Lord Acton
1834-1902. A staunch Catholic who opposed the doctrine of papal infallibility, he was described as "the magistrate of history" by a contemporary. Appointed Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge in 1895. Widely viewed as one of the leading libertarians of the 19th century.
1952-2001. The author of the hilarious Science Fiction series starting with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The original book was derived from material he wrote for performance on BBC Radio in 1978. He died in May 2001 of a heart attack. Website.
1735-1826. Second president of the United States of America (1797-1801).
John Quincy Adams
1767-1848. Sixth president of the United States of America (1825-1829).
1957-. Creator of the comic strip Dilbert, and noted for his uncanny ability to portray real life situations in software companies in cartoon form. Dilbert website.
1265-1321. Author of the Divine Comedy.
1935-. Director of such movies as What's Up, Tiger Lily?, Sleeper, Love and Death, Zelig, and Hannah and Her Sisters. IMDb listing.
1924-2000. Israeli poet.
4004 B.C.(?)- .The great immortal. Quoted everywhere, by everyone. Seems to have written on just about every subject known to man, and in almost every language. No known photos, paintings, statues, etchings, woodcuts or cave paintings exist.
Sir Humphrey Appleby
Fictional persona created by Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, portrayed by Nigel Hawthorne in the television shows Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. Fan website.
384-322 B.C. A former student of Plato, who became tutor to Alexander the Great. His school of philosophy was called peripatetic from Aristotle's preference for discussion while walking around the grounds of the Lyceum.
1939-. Canadian author of such works as The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, and The Robber Bride. Reference site.
1792-1871. Inventor and mathematician. Perhaps best known for designing the difference engine and the analytical engine, which were mechanical precursors to modern computers.
1561-1626. English philosopher and statesman. Raised to the peerage as Viscount Saint Albans.
1826-1877. English economist and author. Noted contributor to The Economist. Website.
1903-1968. American actor. Biographical article.
John Perry Barlow
1947-. Lyricist for the Grateful Dead and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
1947-. Syndicated columnist and author. Books include Babies and Other Hazards of Sex, Homes and Other Black Holes, and Big Trouble. Website.
1801-1850. French economist and statesman. Member of the liberal, or laissez-faire school of economists. Major works included Economic Sophisms, The Law, and Economic Harmonies. Website.
Author of the Cynic's Dictionary and The New Cynic's Dictionary. Website: The Cynic's Sanctuary.
Charles A. Beard
1874-1948. American historian.
1889-1945. American actor and author.
Sir Ernest Benn, Bart.
1875-1954. Founder of the Individualist Bookshop. Biographical website.
1842-1914? American journalist and author. Best known for The Devil's Dictionary and the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". He disappeared on a trip into revolutionary Mexico and is assumed to have been killed by bandits. Biographical website.
1818-1885. American humorist and lecturer.
Sir William Blackstone
1723-1780. British legal scholar and author. Best known work was Commentaries on the Laws of England.
1757-1827. English poet and artist.
Canadian journalist formerly with the National Post and now writing for the Globe and Mail. NP Article Archive.
1927-1996. American author and journalist.
1769-1821. French general and Emperor (1804-1815).
1902-1985. French historian.
American cartoonist. Creator of the Bloom County (1980-1989) and Outland (1989-1995) strips. Website.
William F. Buckley
1925-. American author and editor. Founder of the National Review. Website.
Lois McMaster Bujold
1949-. American Science Fiction author. Best known works include: The Warrior's Apprentice, The Vor Game, Memory, A Civil Campaign, Curse of Chalion, and Diplomatic Immunity. Much more information on her work is available through this fan website.
George W. Bush
1946-. 43rd President of the United States.
1612-1680. English poet and author.
George, Lord Byron
1788-1824. English poet and adventurer.
1913-1960. French philosopher and author.
American comedian and author. website.
1795-1881. Scottish author and historian.
1898-1971. American writer and publisher. Co-founder of Random House.
Philip Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield
1694-1773. English writer and statesman.
1874-1936. English author and journalist. Best known for his "Father Brown" series of short novels.
Sir Winston Spencer Churchill
1874-1965. English author and statesman. Prime minister (1940-1945 and 1951-1955), and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953.
American poet and Rutgers University professor.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
106-43 B.C. Roman author and statesman.
Arthur C. Clarke
1917-. British Science Fiction author. Best-known works include: Against the Fall of Night, Childhood's End, Rendezvous With Rama, The Nine Billion Names of God, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Fan website.
Carl von Clausewitz
1780-1830. Prussian general and military theorist. Best known work is On War
1841-1929. French prime minister (1906-1909 and 1917-1920).
American senator and former first lady (1993-2001).
William J. Clinton
42nd President of the United States (1993-2001).
1804-1865. British economist and statesman. Best known for his work with John Bright in the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846.
Confucius (K'ung Fu-Tzu)
551?-479? Chinese philosopher.
1872-1933. Thirtieth president of the United States of America (1923-1929).
W. Michael Cox
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Charles de Gaulle
1890-1970. French general and president (1959-1969).
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
1900-1944. French author. His best-known work was The Little Prince.
Germaine Necker, Madame de Stael
1766-1817. French author.
Alexis de Tocqueville
1805-1859. French author and statesman. Best known for his work Democracy in America.
American author and lecturer. Co-wrote several books with Lyle Sussman.
1859-1952. American philosopher and author.
1804-1881. British prime minister (1868 and 1871-1880).
1817?-1895. American orator and journalist for the anti-slavery movement in pre-Civil War America. An escaped slave who rose to prominence during the 1840's.
1909-. Austrian-born American author. Website.
Canadian editor and journalist. Website.
1885-1981. American author and historian.
1915-2002. Israeli diplomat and statesman.
American biologist and author of the book The Population Bomb, 1968.
1879-1955. German physicist. Winner of the Nobel prize for physics in 1921.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
1890-1969. Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (1943-45) and Thirty-fourth president of the United States of America (1953-1961).
Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803-1882. American poet and leader of the transcendentalist movement.
55?-135? Greek philosopher of the Stoic tradition.
480?-406? B.C. Greek poet and playwright. Famous works include Medea and The Women of Troy.
1929-. American cartoonist. Website.
1901-1954. Italian physicist and winner of the Nobel prize for physics in 1938.
Canadian journalist whose writings appear in the National Post. Recent columns.
Richard P. Feynman
1918-1988. American physicist and winner of the Nobel prize for physics in 1965.
W. C. Fields
1880-1946. American actor and vaudeville performer.
Harry P. Flashman
Fictional Victorian hero, created by George MacDonald Fraser. Fan website.
1919-1990. American magazine publisher.
1913-. Thirty-eighth president of the United States of America (1974-1977). Biography.
Nathan Bedford Forrest
1821-1877. Confederate general and an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan in the post-Civil War period.
1879-1970. English author.
1844-1924. Pseudonym for the French author Jacques Thibault. Received the Nobel prize in literature in 1921.
1706-1790. American scientist and diplomat.
1856-1939. Austrian psychiastrist and author.
David D. Friedman
American economist and author. Published works include The Machinery of Freedom and Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life. Website.
1912-. American economist and author. Received the Nobel prize for economics in 1976. Published works include Capitalism and Freedom, Free to Choose: A personal statement, and Monetary Trends in the United States and United Kingom. Biography.
1900-1980. German psychoanalyst and author.
1874-1963. American poet.
Canadian journalist and author. Website.
1937-. American author.
1895-1983. American architect and author.
1878-1966. English general and author.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
1919-. Hungarian actor.
John Kenneth Galbraith
1908-. Canadian economist and author.
1564-1642. Italian astronomer.
1867-1933. English author and playwright.
1917-1984. Indian politician, prime minister of India (1966-1977 and 1980-1984). Only daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru. Assassinated by Sikh extremists.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
1869-1948. Indian nationalist leader, famous for his non-violent campaign for Indian independence from Britain. Assassinated by a Hindu fanatic.
Columbian author, recipient of the Nobel prize for literature in 1982. Best known work is One Hundred Years of Solitude.
William Lloyd Garrison
1805-1879. American publisher and abolitionist. Founder of the Liberator.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
1883-1955. Spanish author.
American software tycoon. Co-founder of Microsoft.
Chief Dan George
1899-1981. Canadian actor and hereditary Chief of the Coast Salish tribe.
1737-1794. English historian. Best known for his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
1883-1931. Lebanese poet. Best known for The Prophet.
1948-. Science Fiction author.
1836-1911. English dramatist. Best known for his long association with Sir Arthur Sullivan in the production of many famous operettas (including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado.
1897-1945. German propagandist and Nazi Party functionary.
1893-1946. German airman and Nazi Party leader. Committed suicide hours before he was due to be executed as a war criminal in Nuremberg.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe
1749-1832. German poet and author.
1728-1774. Irish dramatist.
1909-1998. American conservative politician. Unsuccessful candidate for president in 1964.
1879-1974. Polish-born American movie mogul.
1895-1985. English poet and novelist. Best known for his "Claudius" books and The White Goddess.
1811-1872. American journalist and founder of the New York Tribune.
Florida-based lawyer and weblogger. His comments and articles appear on the sites Little Tiny Lies (weblog) and Little Tiny Wit (articles).
Fictional persona created by Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, portrayed by Paul Eddington in Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.
1757?-1804. American statesman and author. Mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr.
American comic and screenwriter.
1883-1923. Czech author whose best-known work is The Good Soldier Svejk.
1936-. Czech statesman and author. President of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992) and President of the Czech Republic (1993-present).
1942-. English physicist. Afflicted with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Friedrich A. Hayek
1899-1992. Austrian-born economist and author of the highly influential Road to Serfdom.
1884-1993. American economist and author. His best-known work was Economics in One Lesson.
1797-1856. German poet.
Robert A. Heinlein
1907-1988. American science fiction author. Among his many novels are: Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Starship Troopers, Double Star, all Hugo award winners. Heinlein also received the first "Grandmaster" Nebula award.
1922-. American novelist, best known for Catch-22.
1899-1961. American novelist. Best known for A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea.
1736-1799. American statesman and orator.
1900-1945. German politician, leader of the infamous S.S., and the man most responsible for orchestrating eh mass murder of European Jews, Communists, homosexuals, and Gypsies before and during World War II.
470?-410? B.C. Greek mathematician.
1889-1945. German dictator. Founder of the Nazi Party and self-appointed supreme commander of the German armed forces. Committed suicide in Berlin to avoid capture by Soviet forces.
1588-1679. English philosopher. Best known work is Leviathan.
1902-1983. American longshoreman and philosopher. Published works included The True Believer, The Ordeal of Change, and The Temper of Our Times.
1936-1989. American student activist. Co-founder of the Youth International Party ("the Yippies") and one of the "Chicago Seven".
American philosopher and author of Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid.
James P. Hogan
1941-. English Science Fiction author.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
1841-1935. American jurist.
Admiral Grace Hopper
1906-1992. American computer scientist.
1895-1984. English general.
American author and technical writer. Website.
1856-1915. American author. Died in the sinking of the Lusitania.
1802-1885. French author.
1711-1776. Scottish philosopher.
Hubert H. Humphrey
1911-1978. American politician.
1894-1963. English author. Best known work is Brave New World.
1828-1906. Norwegian playwright. Some of his better-known works include Peer Gynt, A Doll's House, and Hedda Gabler.
Robert G. Ingersoll
1833-1899. American orator.
American libertarian activist.
1936-. English actor.
1911-1972. American gospel singer.
American entrepreneur and game designer. Personal website.
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
1824-1863. American soldier. Considered one of the best Confederate generals of the American Civil War. Mortally wounded by his own troops at the end of the Battle of Chancellorsville.
1843-1916. American author.
1743-1826. American statesman. Third president of the United States of America (1801-1809), and author of the Declaration of Independence. Vast amounts of his writings are available through The Jefferson Digital Archive.
Jerome K. Jerome
1859-1927. English author of the hilarious Three Men in a Boat and other works.
Marechal Joseph Joffre
1852-1931. French soldier. Commander of the French armies from 1914-1916.
Lyndon B. Johnson
1908-1973. American politician. Thirty-sixth president of the United States of America (1963-1969).
1709-1784. English author and lexicographer.
Antoine Henri Jomini
1779-1869. Swiss soldier and author.
John Paul Jones
1747-1792. American sailor, considered one of the founders of the United States Navy.
1942-. Welsh actor and comedian. Member of the Monty Python troupe. Personal website.
K'ung Fu-Tzu (or Confucius)
551?-479? Chinese philosopher
Henry J. Kaiser
1882-1967. American shipbuilder and industrialist.
1724-1804. German philosopher.
1909-. Turkish-born American film director.
1934-. English military historian and author of The Face of Battle, Six Armies in Normandy, The Price of Admiralty, and other works.
1942-. American author and broadcaster. Best known for his "Prairie Home Companion" PBS radio series.
William Thomson, Lord Kelvin
1824-1907. Irish-born physicist and mathematician.
John F. Kennedy
1917-1963. Thirty-fifth president of the United States of America (1961-1963). Assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
1923-. American author.
1876-1958. American entrepreneur and inventor.
John Maynard Keynes
1883-1946. English economist. Best-known work is probably General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money.
1813-1855. Danish philosopher.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
1929-1968. American civil rights leader and Nobel prize winner. Assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
1932-. Canadian author and professor at the University of Calgary.
1865-1936. English poet and novelist. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907. Among his many novels are Plain Tales from the Hills, Kim, and The Jungle Book. Some of his better-known poems include "The Gods of the Copybook Headings", "If", "Tommy", "Gunga Din", and the highly controversial "The White Man's Burden".
1923-. German-born American statesman and Nobel laureate.
Canadian editor of the specialist publication Simulacrum.
Francois, duc de la Rochefoucauld
1630-1680. French aristocrat.
1903-1999. Mayor of Toronto.
1918-2002. Pen name of American advice columnist Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer.
c. 604 B.C. The name attributed to the author of the eighty-one "Tao-Te Ching" sayings.
Harold J. Laski
1893-1950. English Marxist.
1925-1993. American Science Fiction author.
1888-1935. English soldier. Known to most as "Lawrence of Arabia", and as the author of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
1869-1944. Canadian author.
1958-. American actor.
1920-1996. American psychologist and evangelist for psychedelic drugs.
1950-. American author.
Gypsy Rose Lee
1914-1970. American burlesque performer.
Robert E. Lee
1807-1870. American soldier. The best-known general of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, he declined the offer of supreme command of the Union armies to return to his home state of Virginia.
1928-. American musician and humorist.
1940-1980. English musician. Murdered in New York City.
1950-. American broadcaster.
Sugar Ray Leonard
1956-. American boxer.
1798-1837. Italian poet.
1906-1972. American pianist.
William Lever, Lord Leverhulme
1851-1925. English industrialist.
1898-1963. English author. Best known for his series of children's stories in the "Narnia" series.
Basil H. Liddell Hart
1895-1970. English military historian. A very early proponent of the use of tanks in combat.
Minnesota-based journalist and author. Website
1809-1865. Sixteenth president of the United States of America (1861-1865). Assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1889-1974. American journalist.
David Lloyd George
1863-1945. English-born statesman of Welsh descent. Prime minister, 1916-1921.
1632-1704. English philosopher.
1913-1970. American football coach.
1876-1916. American poet.
Clair Booth Luce
1903-1987. American author and playwright.
1483-1546. German theologian and reformer.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
1800-1859. English author and historian.
1469-1527. Italian political philosopher.
1751-1836. American statesman. Fourth president of the United States of America (1809-1817).
1862-1949. Belgian author and playwright.
Alfred Thayer Mahan
1840-1914. American naval officer and historian.
Thomas Robert Malthus
1766-1834. English author and futurist.
1796-1859. American statesman and educator.
1878-1937. American author.
1880-1959. American general and chief of staff, U.S. Army.
1917-191995. American singer and actor.
1922-. American actor and producer.
1890-1977. American actor.
1818-1883. German political and economic philosopher. Best known for his Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto, both co-written with Friedrich Engels.
1725-1792. American statesman.
1887-1967. First Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada (1952-1959).
1921-. American cartoonist. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his wartime cartoons.
American libertarian feminist author and columnist. Website.
Vonda N. McIntyre
American Science Fiction author. Winner of both Hugo and Nebula awards.
1911-1980. Canadian media culture guru. Once referred to as "the Oracle of the Electronic Age". Best-known work was The Medium is the Message.
Robert S. McNamara
1916-. American politician and author.
1901-1978. American anthropologist. Best known for her book Coming of Age in Samoa.
1874-1960. Prime minister of Canada (1920-21 and 1926).
1880-1956. American author, editor, and political commentator. Renowned as the "Sage of Baltimore". A stroke in 1948 left him unable to read or write for the remainder of his life. Website.
1798-1874. French historian.
Dr. Stanley Milgram
1933-1984. American psychologist.
John Stuart Mill
1806-1873. English philosopher and economist.
1953-. American comedian.
1608-1674. English poet and author.
1865-1944. American conservationist.
American mathematician and author. Best-known work is The Society of the Mind.
Emperor Misha I
Naturalized American web logger. Web log.
1622-1673. French dramatist (real name Jean-Baptiste Poquelin).
Helmuth von Moltke
1848-1916. German soldier and Chief of the General Staff 1906-1915. Known as "the Younger" to differentiate him from his uncle, who won Prussian victories against the Austrians (1866) and French (1870).
1926-1962. American actor. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson.
Charles le Secondat, Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu
1689-1755. French philosopher.
1821-1861. Irish-born dancer and courtesan. Born Eliza Gilbert.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
1874-1942. Canadian author, best known for her series of novels including Anne of Green Gables.
British comedy troupe, composed of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones.
570-632. Prophet of the Islamic faith.
1883-1945. Italian Fascist leader and dictator. Executed by Italian Communist partisans.
1902-1971. American poet.
Gamal Abdel Nasser
1918-1970. Egyptian Premier.
George Jean Nathan
1882-1958. American critic.
Richard J. Needham
1912-1996. Canadian journalist and author. Published works included Needham's Inferno and The Hypodermic Needham.
1889-1964. Indian nationalist leader and first prime minister of India (1947-1964).
1937-. Founder of Project Xanadu, the original Hypertext project, 1960.
Canadian author and political commentator.
Sir Isaac Newton
1642-1727. English mathematician.
James D. Nicoll
Canadian science fiction fan and frequent contributor to the Usenet group rec.arts.sf.written.
1892-1982. German protestant minister.
1844-1900. German philosopher.
1909-1983. English actor and author.
1938-. American science fiction author. His novel Ringworld won the Nebula and Hugo awards, and he has won four other Hugo awards for short stories.
Richard Milhous Nixon
1913-1994. Thirty-seventh president of the United States of America (1969-1974).
American soldier and columnist. Notorious for his role in the Iran-Contra episode of the Reagan presidency.
1948-. American musician and political activist.
American author and political commentator.
1940-. American football player and broadcaster.
1906-1975. Greek shipping tycoon.
1903-1950. Pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, English broadcaster, author, and social critic. His best-known works were 1984 and Animal Farm.
Sir William Osler
1849-1919. Canadian physician.
American author and cultural critic.
James C. Paine
U.S. District Court Judge, Southern District of Florida.
1737-1809. American author and political activist. Influential works included Common Sense, Rights of Man, and The American Crisis.
1893-1967. American poet, short-story writer, and social critic.
C. Northcote Parkinson
1914?-1993. English academic and author. Creator of the eponymous "Laws".
1623-1662. French philosopher.
1944-. English politician. Last British Governor of Hong Kong.
General George S. Patton
1885-1945. American soldier. Known to his troops as "Old Blood and Guts".
1901-1994. American scientist. Awarded the 1954 Nobel prize in Chemistry and the 1962 Nobel Peace prize.
Norman Vincent Peale
1898-1993. American author and self-help guru.
Lester B. Pearson
1897-1972. Canadian diplomat and statesman. Prime minister of Canada, 1963-1968.
495-429BC. Athenian statesman and orator.
Lawrence J. Peter
1919-1990. Canadian author and creator of the eponymous "Principle".
American business author and management guru.
1968-. Canadian writer and web designer.
1759-1806. English prime minister (1783-1801, 1804-1806). Called "the Younger" to differentiate him from his father.
Pliny the Elder
23-79AD. Roman senator and naturalist. Died in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, while attempting to rescue victims from the disaster.
Edgar Allen Poe
1809-1849. American poet and author.
1854-1912. French mathematician.
208-118?BC. Graeco-Roman historian.
Jerry E. Pournelle
American science fiction author.
1948-. English fantasy author. Best known for his utterly hilarious "Discworld" series of books. Much information on his work is available at The L-Space Web.
1894-1984. English author and playwright.
1809-1865. French anarchist.
1871-1922. French author.
1947-. Vice president of the United States of America (1989-1993).
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
1863-1944. English literary critic.
Jane Bryant Quinn
1905-1982. Russian-born American author and philosopher. Best-known works include The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
Eric S. Raymond
American computer author. Best known for his Hacker's Dictionary, and early classic of computer culture journalism. Website.
1911-. Fourtieth president of the United States of America (1981-1989).
Pseudonym for the web logger whose works appear on his website.
1931-2001. Canadian author.
Robert J. Ringer
American libertarian author and speaker.
1941-. American computer scientist and co-inventor of the UNIX operating system.
1758-1794. French revolutionary. Executed with 21 other leading revolutionaries after a brief reign of terror.
American-born Canadian science fiction author. Among his many works are Stardance, Telempath (both of which won Hugo Awards in their Novella form), and Callahan's Crosstime Saloon.
1879-1935. American humourist.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1882-1945. Thirty-second president of the United States of America (1933-1945).
1858-1919. Twenty-sixth president of the United States of America (1901-1909).
1908-1997. American humourist.
Murray N. Rothbard
1926-1995. American libertarian economist and author. Best known for his books Man, Economy and State, For A New Liberty, and the four-volume history Conceived In Liberty.
1712-1778. French philosopher and writer.
1884-1946. American short-story writer, best known for Guys and Dolls.
1746-1813. American physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1819-1900. English poet, artist, and art critic.
1872-1970. English philsopher and social critic.
1960-. English-born Canadian technical writer. Best known (if at all) for founding the TH&B Railway Historical Society, as the fight director for PlayMakers! Theatre School, and occasionally maintaining this site.
American journalist and author.
1934-1996. American astronomer and broadcaster.
Saint Augustine of Hippo
354-430. North African Bishop and philosopher.
1878-1967. American poet and historian.
1863-1962. Spanish poet and philosopher.
American sex columnist. Website.
1945-. English art historian.
1917-. American historian and biographer.
1949-. American politican and outspoken critic of the War on Drugs.
1788-1857. German philosopher.
Major-General John Sedgewick
1813-1864. American soldier. Killed at Spotsylvania, PA.
4BC-65AD. Roman dramatist.
725?-681BC. King of Assyria.
1564-1616. English playwright and poet. Perhaps the most recognized playright in history. Some sources claim that Shakespeare was merely a front-man for Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. Others claim that Shakespeare was an alias taken up by Christopher Marlowe after faking his own death. A radical view among scholars seems to be that Shakespeare actually wrote the plays now attributed to him. Among his many works were Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Richard III.
George Bernard Shaw
1856-1950. Irish writer and playwright. Among his many works were Pygmalion, Man and Superman, and Saint Joan (which garnered him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925).
Percy Bysshe Shelley
1792-1822. English poet, best known for his influence on, and leadership of, the romantic movement.
William Tecumseh Sherman
1820-1891. American soldier, best known for his "Drive to the Sea" in 1864.
1906-1975. Russian composer.
1932-1998. American economist.
1927-. American playwright and screenwriter.
1915-1998. American singer and actor.
1900-1984. Canadian broadcaster, best known for his strongly pro-American editorial broadcast "The Americans" in June, 1973.
1904-1990. American behavioural psychologist.
Field Marshal William Slim
1891-1970. English soldier. Allied commander of British and Indian forces in Burma, 1941-45.
1900-1991. Canadian politician, known informally as the "Last Father of Confederation", through leading the Dominion of Newfoundland into Confederation with the Dominion of Canada, 1949.
1723-1790. Scottish economist and author. Best-known for his influential book, The Wealth of Nations.
L. Neil Smith
American science fiction author and libertarian activist. Best known for his "North American Confederacy" series of novels. Website.
1918-. Russian novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1970). Best known for his epic The Gulag Archipelago.
496-406BC. Athenian playwright.
American economist. Website.
1820-1903. English social philosopher.
1808-1887. American anarchist and legal theorist.
1879-1953. Russian revolutionary and dictator.
American science fiction author. Best known for his novels Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon.
Canadian journalist, whose work appears in the National Post.
1937-. Czech-born English playwright, whose work includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Arcadia
William Strunk Jr.
1869-1946. American writer. Best known for his Elements of Style.
Sir Arthur Sullivan
1842-1900. English composer, best known for his comic operas written in collaboration with William Gilbert.
Circa 500-320BC. Pseudonym of the group of Chinese authors of the Art of War.
American libertarian journalist.
1667-1745. English novelist, best known for Gulliver's Travels.
1920-. Hungarian-born American psychologist and author.
Publius Cornelius Tacitus
55-120. Roman historian, best known for his Agricola, Germania, and the surviving parts of his Histories.
William Makepeace Thackeray
1811-1863. English author and journalist. His best-known novel is Vanity Fair.
1925-. English politician and statesman. First female prime minister of Great Britain (1979-1990).
Hunter S. Thompson
1937-2005. American journalist and author. The original "gonzo" journalist, he is known nearly as well for being himself as for any of his written works. Among his better-known books are Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hell's Angels, and Better than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie. He committed suicide at his home in Woody Creek, Colorado. Fan site.
Henry David Thoreau
1817-1863. American writer and philosopher. Best known for his classic Walden; or, Life in the Woods, and the short essay "Civil Disobedience".
460-400 B.C. Athenian soldier, statesman, and historian. His Peloponnesian War is widely considered to be the first modern history.
1894-1961. American short story writer and cartoonist, best known for his brilliant "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty".
American futurist and author. His book Future Shock, was a must-read of the 1970's.
1892-1973. South-African born English author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
1828-1910. Russian author and philosopher. Among his many works are War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and The Death of Ivan Illich.
1939-. American comedian and actor.
1889-1975. British historian.
New Zealand author of the Bastard Operator From Hell series of articles.
18761962. George Macaulay Trevelyan was a British historian and author.
1815-1882. English novelist, perhaps best known for his novel Barchester Towers.
1879-1940. Russian revolutionary and theorist. Became architect of the second Russian Revolution (October 1917, overthrowing the Kerensky government). Assassinated in Mexico by a Spanish agent of Joseph Stalin.
1948-. American cartoonist and creator of the daily strip Doonesbury. Website.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau
1919-2000. Canadian prime minister (1968-1979 and 1980-1984).
Harry S. Truman
1884-1972. 33rd President of the United States (1945-1953), succeeding Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died in office. Biography.
1912-1989. American historian and author, best known for her books The Guns of August, and A Distant Mirror. Biography.
1835-1910. American journalist, author, and humorist. Perhaps the best-known American author of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among his many works are Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Biography.
James B. Twitchell
1943-. American historian and social critic.
W. Cornelius Van Horne
1843-1915. American-born engineer and railway magnate. Knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894 for his efforts in organizing and building the Canadian Pacific Railway. Biography.
1925-. American author, known for his many books including Myra Breckinridge, The City and the Pillar, Julian, and Creation. Fan website.
1694-1778. The pen name of French author and philosopher François Marie Arouet. In addition to his philosophical writings, his widest audience was for his satires, the best known of which is Candide. Biography.
American programmer and author. Renowned (or reviled, depending on your orientation) for his creation, the Perl language. Website.
1717-1797. English author, best known for writing the first Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto.
1931-. American broadcaster. Biography.
1834-1867. Pen name for Charles Farrar Browne, American satirical author. Biography.
American weblogger () who describes himself as "A Berkeley student valiantly pissing into the wind."
Booker T. Washington
1856-1915. American educator and advocate for black education.
1732-1799. First President of the United States (1789-1797). Biography.
Thomas J. Watson
1874-1956. American businessman, who is best remembered for his leadership of Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co., which was renamed International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) in 1924. Biography.
1958-. American cartoonist, known for the brilliant comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Fan website.
1883-1950. English Field Marshal, commanded Commonwealth forces in Egypt, against Rommel and was then appointed Viceroy of India (1943-1947). Created Viscount Wavell of Cyrenaica and of Winchester, 1943. Biography.
1907-1979. American actor. Originally named Marion Michael Morrison. Among his over 250 movies were Stagecoach, The Alamo, Sands of Iwo Jima, and True Grit. Biography.
1782-1852. American politician and presidential candidate. Biography.
1874-1952. Russian-born Zionist leader who became the first president of the state of Israel (1949-1952). Biography.
1915-1985. American actor, film director, and radio broadcaster, who caused a panic in the 1930's through his dramatization of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds broadcast over American radio. As an actor, he is best known for his leading role in the movie Citizen Kane. Biography.
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
1769-1852. Irish-born English soldier and politician, who (in conjunction with the Prussian commander Field Marshal Blucher) defeated Napoleon I at Waterloo. He was created Duke of Wellington after his series of victories over the French in Spain from 1809-1814. He was twice prime minister of Britain (1828-1832 and again in 1834).Biography.
1866-1946. English science-fiction author, best known for the books War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and the two-volume non-fiction Outline of History. Biography.
1892-1983. English novelist and critic. Biography.
1862-1937. American author and architect. Biography.
1899-1985. American author of children's books. Biography.
1906-1964. Indian-born English author, best known for his retelling of the King Arthur tales in The Once and Future King. Fan website.
Alfred North Whitehead
1861-1947. English mathematician and philosopher. Biography.
1819-1892. American poet. Biography.
1854-1900. Irish poet, novelist, and playwright, best known for The Pictor of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Biography.
1941-. American political commentator and columnist. Biography.
1911-1983. American playwright, best known for A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Night of the Iguana. Biography.
American economist and author. Personal website and Recent columns.
American cartoonist. Website.
Robert Anton Wilson
American author and activist. Co-author, with Robert Shea, of the Illuminatus! trilogy and several other books. Website.
1856-1924. 28th President of the United States (1913-1921). Biography.
American author of the "Curmudgeon" series of books. Website.
1930-. American author of works including The Right Stuff, Bonfire of the Vanities, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Biography.
1882-1941. English author. Fan website.
Frank Lloyd Wright
1867-1949. American architect and designer. Website.
1925-1965. American civil rights leader and prominent Black Muslim spokesman. Assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam in Manhattan.
William Butler Yeats
1865-1939. Irish poet, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1923. Biography.
William F. Zachmann
American technical consultant and journalist. Website.
1940-1943. American composer and rock musician. Biography.
1893-1976. Chinese communist leader and founder of the People's Republic of China. Biography.
American businessman, and former president of Amdahl Corporation.
American railfan photographer. Images website.
American software developer, best known for his groundbreaking work on Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), a widely distributed public key encryption tool. Website.
1922-. Russian sociologist and satirist. Website.